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VV or Something Else?

From: Tony C


About 1 1/2years ago I began having chest pains, shortness of breath, pain in the left arm and other symptoms that I thought were heart related. I am 33 years old (M) and was 5'10" and about 232 lbs. I was a daily drinker (3 or 4 whiskeys a night) when the first episode began. I went to the ER and went through the blood work and EKG. Everything appeared to be normal.

After 6 more times to the ER and several times to my family physician I started to get really anxious over my situation. I went through more tests, two echograms and an angiogram. Nothing is wrong with my heart everyone says. BTW, I have dropped my weight down to 187 and stopped drinking. (A side effect of this was the chol lvl dropped from 249 to 138 and the trygl. levels went from mid 400's down to mid 80's). Praise God.

Anyway, I've read all through your posts and I am not certain if my symptoms are consistent with VV? My doctor recommended that I look up VV on the internet and do some of my own research.

Since I have stopped drinking I have had one other episode of the pain that sent me to the doctor. However, I never have an upset stomach or faint?

Any comments are welcomed.


This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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